Did I make a mistake?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nicole01, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Did I make a mistake bringing a salmon favorelle into my mixed flock? I just read they are easily picked on due to being so docile.

    I've always wanted one, but last year i never saw any at the farm store. I saw one there last weekend and had to have her. She's with my light brahma and Maran right now, but will be introduced to the flock at 3-4 months of age. I'm keeping them inside until they are fully grown.

    Maybe my girl will be a tough one? They are such beautiful birds. Will my Maran keep her safe during the integration? She's(Maran) already top of the small flock.

    I'm very happy with my new trio and I love having a mixed flock. Out of the 11 birds I have 10 different breeds.

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I seriously doubt if you made a mistake. Each chicken is an individual and has its own traits and personality. Breeds do have tendencies, but not every individual chicken in that breed has the same personality. They don't all read the book on how they are supposed to act. There are plenty of posts where a chicken from what is supposed to be a docile breed is the dominant chicken in a mixed flock. And plenty of posts where chickens that are supposed to be dominant are at the bottom of the pecking order.

    If you have space for them to get away if there are problems, it is extremely likely there will not be any problems. If space is tight, you could have problems, but those problems could be with any breed of chicken. I certainly would not worry about her any more than any other chicken.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hi Nicole,

    I would keep her if I were you, and just see what happens. She might just be fine. Just maybe keep an eye on her. Only time will tell. Since you've got so many different breeds, and only two are alike, she may fit in nicely after all.

    You've got a real plethera or potporri of breeds there! How fun!

  4. Wigggy

    Wigggy In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    Lovely bird I've always wanted one too:D

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